Climate Change and Resilience

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to a changing climate

Climate change is the challenge of our times, and cities are on the front lines. From flooding and ice storms to forest fires, cities are the first to respond as new weather extremes displace families, damage property and cause economic disruption. Cities are also leading the way on innovation to reduce climate-changing emissions — from greener fleets to building retrofits to low-emission waste systems.

Today, some of the richest potential to reduce Canada's emissions lies in scaling up this local green innovation. In fact, with municipalities now influencing half of those emissions, the federal government simply cannot reach its climate goals without engaging local governments. And Canada’s economic future depends on adapting vital infrastructure across the country to new weather extremes.

Federal budget 2017 prioritized climate change, and we'll be looking to ensure investment will flow for local projects — to reduce climate-changing emissions, build climate-resilient cities and support other environmental priorities.

Cities are ready to work with all orders of government to meet this challenge head-up, to protect our families, our communities, and our economy — for generations to come.

Quick Facts
About 50%
The amount of Canada's GHG emissions that local governments have influence over.
20 and 55 megatonnes
The potential amount of GHG reductions from Canada's cities and communities using proven strategies and technologies.
$5 billion
The average annual cost of extreme weather events by
That number will rise to
$43 billion per year
The amount of money saved in future damages for every
$1 invested today
in climate change adaptation.

Municipal Leadership in Action View all case studies

Solar City

Climate Case StudyHalifax

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Rethinking Waste, Reducing Emissions

Climate Case StudySurrey

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Engaging the Community in Reducing Emissions

Climate Case StudyHamilton

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Increasing Energy Efficiency

Climate Case StudyToronto

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